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Bob Balaban was born on August 16, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Robert Elmer Balaban. He is an actor and director, known for Gosford Park (2001), A Mighty Wind (2003) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). He has been married to Lynn Grossman since April 1, 1977. They have two children. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Gosford Park Morris Weissman
(2001)
A Mighty Wind Jonathan Steinbloom
(2003)
(1984)

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 2021 The Chair (TV Series)
Elliot Rentz
- The Chair (2021) ... Elliot Rentz
- The Last Bus in Town (2021) ... Elliot Rentz
- Don't Kill Bill (2021) ... Elliot Rentz
- The Town Hall (2021) ... Elliot Rentz
- The Faculty Party (2021) ... Elliot Rentz
 2021 The French Dispatch
Uncle Nick
 2021 How Moving (Short)
Uncle Aaron
 2021 Summer Camp Island (TV Series short)
Gerald
- Hark the Gerald Sings (2021) ... Gerald (voice)
 2021 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Narrator
- The Dad-Feelings Limited (2021) ... Narrator (voice)
 2018-2020 Condor (TV Series)
Reuel Abbott
- The Road We Take (2020) ... Reuel Abbott
- Not Necessarily to Lose (2020) ... Reuel Abbott
- The Greatest Hazard (2020) ... Reuel Abbott
- A Perspective, Not the Truth (2020) ... Reuel Abbott
- An Offer of Enrollment (2020) ... Reuel Abbott
 2019 The Politician (TV Series)
Keaton Hobart
- Vienna (2019) ... Keaton Hobart (credit only)
- The Assassination of Payton Hobart: Part 2 (2019) ... Keaton Hobart
- The Assassination of Payton Hobart (2019) ... Keaton Hobart
- The Voter (2019) ... Keaton Hobart (credit only)
- Gone Girl (2019) ... Keaton Hobart
 2015-2019 Broad City (TV Series)
Arthur Wexler
- Shenanigans (2019) ... Arthur Wexler
- Burning Bridges (2016) ... Arthur Wexler
- Knockoffs (2015) ... Arthur Wexler
 2018 Animals. (TV Series)
Bob Balaban
- The Democratic People's Republic of Kitty City (2018) ... Bob Balaban (voice)
- Rats (2018) ... Bob Balaban (voice)
 2018 An L.A. Minute
Shelly
 2018 Isle of Dogs
King (voice)
 2017 Wormwood (TV Mini Series documentary)
Dr. Harold A. Abramson
- Chapter 6: Remember Me (2017) ... Dr. Harold A. Abramson
- Chapter 4: Opening the Lid (2017) ... Dr. Harold A. Abramson
- Chapter 3: The Forbidden Threshold (2017) ... Dr. Harold A. Abramson
- Chapter 2: A Terrible Mistake (2017) ... Dr. Harold A. Abramson
- Chapter 1: Suicide Revealed (2017) ... Dr. Harold A. Abramson (credit only)
 2016 Graves (TV Series)
Secretary Burns
- Nothing Can Come of Nothing (2016) ... Secretary Burns
 2016 Pitch (TV Series)
Frank Reid
- Beanball (2016) ... Frank Reid
- The Interim (2016) ... Frank Reid
- Pilot (2016) ... Frank Reid
 2016 Mascots
Sol Lumpkin
 2016 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (TV Series)
Crazy Walter
- Auto Lending (2016) ... Crazy Walter
 2015 Show Me a Hero (TV Mini Series)
Judge Leonard B. Sand
- Episode #1.6 (2015) ... Judge Leonard B. Sand
- Episode #1.3 (2015) ... Judge Leonard B. Sand
- Episode #1.2 (2015) ... Judge Leonard B. Sand
- Episode #1.1 (2015) ... Judge Leonard B. Sand
 2013-2015 Girls (TV Series)
Dr. Rice
- Close Up (2015) ... Dr. Rice (uncredited)
- Females Only (2014) ... Dr. Rice (uncredited)
- It's Back (2013) ... Dr. Rice (uncredited)
 2014 Alpha House (TV Series)
Senator Elliot Robeson
- The Civility Zone (2014) ... Senator Elliot Robeson
- The Contest (2014) ... Senator Elliot Robeson
 2014 Approach the Bench (TV Series)
The Judge / Judge
- Spoilers (2014) ... The Judge
- Courtroom Chemistry (2014) ... The Judge
- Danny Aiello (2014) ... Judge
 2014 Above Average Presents (TV Series)
The Judge
- Approach the Bench Trailer (2014) ... The Judge
 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel
M. Martin
 2014 The Monuments Men
Preston Savitz
 2013 Fading Gigolo
Sol
 2013 Family Tree (TV Series)
Melvin Schmelff / Tumbleweed Tim
- Cowboys (2013) ... Melvin Schmelff / Tumbleweed Tim
 2013 Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
Lawyer (uncredited)
 2012 Santa Fe Thursday (Short)
 2012 Girl Most Likely
Maxwell P. Duncan
 2012 Moonrise Kingdom: Animated Book Short (Short)
The Narrator
 2012 Moonrise Kingdom
The Narrator
 2011-2012 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Gordon Higgs
- Bitcoin for Dummies (2012) ... Gordon Higgs
- Executive Order 13224 (2011) ... Gordon Higgs
 2011 The Five Stages of Grief (Short)
Daniel's Father (voice)
 2011 A Monster in Paris
Pâté (English version, voice)
 2011 Web Therapy (TV Series)
Ted Mitchell
- Shrink Rap (2011) ... Ted Mitchell
 2011 Thin Ice
Leonard Dahl
 2010 F--K (Short)
Bob
 2010 Howl
Judge Clayton Horn
 2009/I Rage
Mr. White
 2008 Web Therapy (TV Series)
Ted Mitchell
- The Breakthrough: 3 of 3 (2008) ... Ted Mitchell
- The Breakthrough: 2 of 3 (2008) ... Ted Mitchell
- The Breakthrough: Part 1 (2008) ... Ted Mitchell
 2008 God & Co. (TV Series short) (voice)
 2008 Recount (TV Movie)
Ben Ginsberg
 2007 No Reservations
Therapist
 2007 Entourage (TV Series)
Doctor
- The Dream Team (2007) ... Doctor
 2007 License to Wed
Jewelry Store Clerk (uncredited)
 2007 Dedication
Arthur Planck
 2006 For Your Consideration
Philip Koontz
 2006 Tom Goes to the Mayor (TV Series)
Walt Pickle
- The Layover (2006) ... Walt Pickle (voice)
 2006 Lady in the Water
Harry Farber
 2005 Trust the Man
Tobey's Therapist (uncredited)
 2005 Capote
William Shawn
 2005 Hopeless Pictures (TV Series)
Sam
- Dogville (2005) ... Sam (voice)
- Episode #1.2 (2005) ... Sam (voice)
- Cry Clown (2005) ... Sam (voice)
 2004 Scene Stealers
Jonathan Crouch Esq.
 2004 Marie and Bruce
Roger
 2003 A Mighty Wind
Jonathan Steinbloom
 2002 Gosford Park: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Morris Weissman
 2002 The Burbs (TV Movie)
 2002 The Tuxedo
Winton Chalmers (uncredited)
 2002 The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series)
Dr. Lowell Sherman
- I Never Schlunged My Father (2002) ... Dr. Lowell Sherman
 2001 The Majestic
Elvin Clyde
 2001 Gosford Park
Morris Weissman
 2001 Ghost World
Enid's Dad
 2001/I Plan B
James Foster
 2001 The Mexican
Bernie Nayman
 2000 Best in Show
Dr. Theodore W. Millbank, III
 2000 Now and Again (TV Series)
Frederick Lizzard
- Lizzard's Tale (2000) ... Frederick Lizzard
 2000 The West Wing (TV Series)
Ted Marcus
- 20 Hours in L.A. (2000) ... Ted Marcus
 1999 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (TV Series)
Bob Balaban
- Expert Witness (1999) ... Bob Balaban (voice)
 1999 Three to Tango
Decker
 1999 Natural Selection
Dr. William Powell
 1999 Jakob the Liar
Kowalsky
 1999 Cradle Will Rock
Harry Hopkins
 1999 Swing Vote (TV Movie)
Justice Eli MacCorckle
 1999 Friends (TV Series)
Frank Buffay Sr.
- The One with Joey's Bag (1999) ... Frank Buffay Sr.
 1998 Giving Up the Ghost (TV Movie)
Bob
 1997 The Definite Maybe
Wolfe Rollins
 1997 Deconstructing Harry
Richard
 1997 Clockwatchers
Milton Lasky
 1996 Conversation with the Beast
Mr. Webster
 1996 Waiting for Guffman
Lloyd Miller
 1996 The Late Shift (TV Movie)
Warren Littlefield
 1995 Pie in the Sky
Paul Entamen
 1995 Legend (TV Series)
Harry Parver
- Revenge of the Herd (1995) ... Harry Parver
- Birth of a Legend (1995) ... Harry Parver
 1995 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
Warren Littlefield
- Harry Connick Jr./Stephen King/Cold Water Flat (1995) ... Warren Littlefield (uncredited)
 1994 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
Dr. Jeffrey Sanborn (uncredited)
 1994 Greedy
Ed
 1993 For Love or Money
Ed Drinkwater
 1992-1993 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Russell Dalrymple
- The Pilot (1993) ... Russell Dalrymple
- The Shoes (1993) ... Russell Dalrymple
- The Watch (1992) ... Russell Dalrymple
- The Ticket (1992) ... Russell Dalrymple
- The Pitch (1992) ... Russell Dalrymple
 1993 Amos & Andrew
Dr. R.A. 'Roy' Fink
 1992 Unnatural Pursuits (TV Series)
Lou Finkleberg
- I'm the Author (1992) ... Lou Finkleberg
 1992 Bob Roberts
Michael Janes
 1991 Little Man Tate
Quizmaster (uncredited)
 1990 Alice
Sid Moscowitz
 1990 The Face of Fear (TV Movie)
Ira Preduski
 1989 Dead Bang
Elliot Webly
 1987 Invisible Thread (TV Movie) (uncredited)
 1987 End of the Line
Warren Gerber
 1987 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Jo-Jo Gillespie
- Gershwin's Trunk (1987) ... Jo-Jo Gillespie
 1985-1986 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Ira Stone
- Stone's War (1986) ... Ira Stone
- Back in the World (1985) ... Ira Stone
 1984 2010: The Year We Make Contact
Dr. R. Chandra
 1984 Nothing Lasts Forever
Guy with sunglasses in espresso bar (uncredited)
 1981 Whose Life Is It Anyway?
Carter Hill
 1981 Absence of Malice
Rosen
 1981 Prince of the City
Santimassino
 1980 Altered States
Arthur Rosenberg
 1978 Girlfriends
Martin
 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
David Laughlin
 1976 Maude (TV Series)
Ambrose Riley
- Maude's Ex-Convict (1976) ... Ambrose Riley
 1975 Report to the Commissioner
Joey Egan (as Robert Balaban)
 1974 The Bank Shot
Victor Karp
 1971-1972 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Tony / Walter
- A Short Course in War (1971) ... Walter
 1971 Marriage: Year One (TV Movie)
Bernie
 1971 Making It
Wilkie
 1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Nick (segment "Love and the Fuzz")
 1970 Catch-22
Orr
 1970 The Strawberry Statement
Elliot - Organizer
 1969 Room 222 (TV Series)
Grady Garrett
- Fathers and Sons (1969) ... Grady Garrett
 1969 Me, Natalie
Morris
 1969 Midnight Cowboy
The Young Student - New York
 1965 Hank (TV Series)
Harvey Weatly
- Will the Real Harvey Wheatley Please Stand Up? (1965) ... Harvey Weatly (as Robert Balaban)
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Alternate Names:

Robert Balaban

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)

Spouse:

Lynn Grossman  (2 children)

Parents:

Elmer Balaban | Balaban, Eleanor
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Personal Quote:

There is an aphorism, well regarded by Freudian analysts and talent agents alike, that all people are half-actors. We can only expand that wisdom a bit and posit the following: all actors are half-directors. See more »

Trivia:

Was nominated for Broadway's 1979 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for "The Inspector General." See more »

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Star Sign:

Leo

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